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Trevi Fountain – Rome

Everything in Rome is big, just BIG. I thought the Trevi Fountain was huge until I later saw the Altara della Patria. Standing at over 26 metres high and 49 metres wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city. I really wished I had a wide angle lens to capture the Trevi Fountain properly, and I wish I had taken some photos of the massive amount of tourists thronging around the fountain. We were there in April, which is not even peak tourist season, and it took us quite a while to get to the front of the fountain.

The Trevi Fountain was finished in 1762 and is mostly made from Travertine stone; a form of limestone.

Coins are meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder. We got it wrong:

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Go to my complete Rome Flickr album.

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Burano Island (Isola di Burano)

Less than 3,000 people live on this small island. Burano Island is in the Venetian Lagoon, about 7 km away from Venice, about 40 minutes on a vaporetti (Venetian motorboat). The island is known for its lacework and brightly coloured homes. The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, they must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot. It was busy when we visited in April; I would imagine it is crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in peak tourist season.

The complete album with fullsize photos: albums/72157678240720016. Also, check out Hayley’s album and Olivia’s album.

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Church of San Martino, founded in 959. The current church dates from 16th Century, It has no façade as its west end abuts onto houses. Its bell tower is at an incline of 1.83 meters:

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Venice

Finally some photos from Venice, one of my favourite cities, just a mere six months after our visit. The complete album with fullsize photos: albums/72157669859746623. You can click on the ones here to see the larger version.

Hayley’s album: albums/72157675577709196

Olivia’s album: albums/72157672113997913

First lunch in Venice:

And from our first lunch in Venice, Olivia’s photo of her favourite meal from our whole European trip…She still raves about how tender the chicken was. And, the first time the girls tried real Italian gelato:

View from our apartment:

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Night time walk

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Part of our stash; now the girls know why I love Sephora:

A few other shops:

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Napenape

Inspired by reading an article in The Press, we decided it was worth the 90 minute drive from Christchurch.  www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/nz/69262577/forgotten-north-canterbury-beach-is-brilliant-at-dawn.html

Napenape was an important place for Māori living in Canterbury, The coast is fringed with spectacular limestone cliffs and the beaches are strewn with limestone boulders.

Click on each of the images to see the full-size photos. And some more photos are at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskhgun6N.

Photos © Dianne MacCormick.